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Become a Judge

The next science fair is on:

February 7, 2015

Newtown High School, Newtown, CT

Individuals with a background in one of the sciences, engineering or mathematics are needed to serve as judges for the 15th Annual Southern Connecticut Invitational Science & Engineering Fair (SCISEF) to be held Saturday February 7, 2015 at Newtown High School in Newtown, CT.

What does being a judge involve?

  • On the day of the Fair (February 7, 2015): Judging 5-8 projects or research proposals in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, or Engineering. Judges are to arrive at the fair by 8:00 am on Saturday, and will be finished with judging by 1:00 pm. Judges are encouraged to stay for the Keynote Speaker and awards presentation that will begin at 1:30 pm, but are free to leave as soon as their team completes its assigned projects.
  • After judges check-in at 8:00 a.m on fair day, they will assemble with the other members of their team to review the projects assigned in advance, plus any additional assignments for their team. Judges will be offered on-line training via the fair website,

SCISEF began in 2001 with 8 students, all from Staples High School in Westport. In 2011 there were 159 projects submitted; schools from across the region were represented. We expect the 15th annual fair to have more than 200 entries from several area high schools.

Judges work in teams of 2 or 3 members, each with a “captain” who has served as a judge previously. Each project is evaluated by 2 teams. Having as many judges as there are projects keeps the judging process manageable. It is important that the judging be concluded by 1 pm, so that the keynote presentation and awards ceremony can be held beginning at 1:30 pm. A continental breakfast and sandwich lunch will be provided to all judges.

alan_clark2015 Keynote Speaker:  Dr. J. Alan Clark is an associate professor of conservation biology at Fordham University. Dr. Clark’s impressive background extends beyond the field of biology. He also holds degrees in law, natural resource policy, music education, and religious studies. He founded a land conservation law practice, and has worked with such notable institutions as the Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, Society for Conservation Biology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Clark’s recent research interests involve behavioral ecology and have included topics such as conservation of Little Blue Penguins, night migration of birds and bats through New York City, the effect of the effect of urban landscapes on bird and bat migration, and population structure in wild cats.

SCISEF is sponsored by the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation, Inc. (SCSEF), a 501(c) (3) organization. If you have colleagues or friends whom you feel would be good judges, please encourage them to contact me, or forward their names to me so that I can contact them. We will need more than 200 judges for this fair!!! I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for all your help.

Fran Walker Lichtenberg
Member, Board of Directors, Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation, Inc. Chair of Judges for the Southern Connecticut Invitational Science & Engineering Fair
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